On Monday, March 31, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) honored the local CVS franchise at 139 US 98 in Apalachicola, for a decision by the chain to discontinue sales of all tobacco products.
CVS/pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide on October 1.
Store Manager Donna Thornton accepted the plaque which read, “A Certificate of Appreciation is hereby presented to CVS-Apalachicola as champions of health for a bold and courageous act in banning the sale of tobacco products.”
In a press release issued Feb. 5, Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark said, "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."